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    February 11, 2013
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many people utilizing these devices today there are targets and so they will follow them. >> i have heard that sometimes if we all are told and remind ourselves and i am as guilty of this as anyone to try to avoid you know walking around with your phone up to your ear. they have told me that these criminals will sometimes just assume if you are carrying a bag and don't have anything visible. they will assume that it is likely that you have a smart phone or a tablet in the bag and so it is not complete bullet proof protection even to be safe and not carry it visibly. >> that has been the case as we have had situations where it is a bag and even that coffee shops where they will see some kind of a messenger bag or a computer bag where they will take it. again, they can turn these devices around and sell them so quickly.
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like you said, there is legislation that is being considered to make brick devices. the fcc is requiring that all of the cell phone providers have a stolen cell phone data base. but that won't be up and running for all of the providers until some time at the end of this year. so, right now you have one provider that is on board with that. but they don't talk to the next provider. so you have a metro pcs that is stolen to go to another provide and her activate that phone and there is talk of maybe having this program go international. it is in its infancy. >> again, with the psas is the neighborhood fliers, brochures, and we have had community meetings, many community
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meetings that i am sure that you have attended with the station captains, and the station community meetings where we inform the community of these types of robberies just so that they are aware of the types of activitis that they should look out for in terms of the criminals identifying them as marks or what they can do to make themselves safer. i think at this point that is all that i can think of. again, i just wanted to note that one of the cases again the court land street corridor, that is not a unique circumstance where we were able to arrest these violateors for the cell phone robberies. in that case, again, i have to emphasize that we are using technology to our advantage and we were able to track the stolen phone from the victim and ap-prehend the individuals who are responsible for 6 robberies and looking into ten additionals. i think that i am optimistic that we can close a lot more of these robberies. >> and do you in terms of who
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is actually doing these robberies, i am sure that it is a mix. but in terms of a sort of random people who just want money. as opposed to organized, robbery rings, can you comment on who actually is doing these crimes? >> i have not seen it being any organized ring, it is just groups of individuals who see the opportunity or they decide to go on the spree and to decide to start to stealing these phones. >> in terms of then sort of the resale market you mentioned that the department does buy bus on the stolen phones, in terms of a level of organization of where of the market for these stolen phones. i know that i read in the paper that there are some locations where people just offer them on the street. but are there sort of organized resale rings or organizations. they end up everywhere, they end up in flee markets and end
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up on other websites for sale, they hand to hand transaction, so it runs the gamut. >> and have there been arrests for receiving stolen property and the people who get these and selling them at a market when it is obvious that it is probably a stolen phone? we have done the reverse by bus here in san francisco. and we attempted to debrief some of the individuals that we arrest but some of the information that we get back is limited. >> okay. push excuse me. it seems to me that the more we consider to drain the swamp in terms of making it harder. >> i agree, and that is part of the ongoing investigation is try to figure out where they are going to go to the next level, so to speak. >> great. >> thank you very much. if there are no questions. >> just a really quick one. i know that over the past couple of years, in the chinese community there has been some suspicion set and epic targeting of generally younger
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chinese or asian pacific islanders and i wonder if you have ethic data of victims and then, also i know that i use find my iphone as a app for the ipad and the iphone and is that useful to help to track down where phones or devices are nowadays as well? >> it has been useful for us in identifying where these phones where the suspect immediately after have been tracking those phones, but some of the things that thwart our efforts is that they turn the phones off or the victims themselves were too late to cancel the service because the phone has been stolen, so it is something that we get on meetly to try to track the phones. and as far as the ethnic break down, i don't have that information available, but from memory, i can tell that you it runs the gamut. >> it runs the gamut and with that i will turn it over to the mta for their presentation.
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>> i am sorry >> mr. chairman, did you have a question? >> i did want to have a question and maybe this is something that will be discussed. but one of the questions that i keep getting from con stit constituents is there something that the city can do legally to make sure that these phones are turned off and they are not able to be used if they are stolen? and you know the idea is if you can't use them then there is no incentive for people to take them. i have also heard that many of these phones might be sent overseas and so, even if you can do something here, locally, that may not, necessarily address the problem because they are still is an incentive, so i am wondering if you have any thoughts about that. >> you know, i have lieutenant jackson behind me and she is researching legislation, what
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we can do locally and what we can do as a state and what we can do nationally. like i mentioned there is the fcc requiring this right now, it is a voluntary stolen phone data base and by the end of the year they plan to make it all four carriers and thoughts of it going international and when that is going to happen it is unknown. >> i certainly would like to, i am sure that all of my colleagues would like to get more information on whether or not there is something that we can do here locally to deal with that. of >> as soon as lieutenant jackson is done we will make sure that we pass the information along. >> next i would like to infight up otelo? >> good morning, members of the public it is my pleasure to be here. i would like to introduce commander who will begin our side of the presentation and i have the communication piece.
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>> i am responsible for the officers who work on the lines on a full time basis. we capture estimates of crime that happened either on buses or in our around those lines, anything associated with muni or an analyst identify those incidents on a daily basis, there is an analysis that is done, and there is a lieutenant
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who is now assigned to the muni unit that then analyzes and deceminates that information, to the captains. and those captains in turn take that information based upon the type of incidents, the date and time and obviously they assign their resources accordingly. >> this next slide i am just giving you an example of one of the districts. this is mission district in terms of the data that we were able to compile from the analysis of the daily activities that take place. and clearly, they speak to trends, relative to date and time and that allows us to assign our resources to correspond with those levels of activities. do you have any questions, please, feel free. and i am just going to proceed.
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i will just refer to the resource ss not funded... could you describe what that means? >> what that means is that the officers who work full time on muni issues, that is funded by nta. every district station utilizes their own personnel to address issues relative to muni and their districts. and that is not something that is funded by mta >> and it is my understanding that officers are supposed to be riding muni a couple of times per shift; is that correct?? >> as specific things that occur in the analysis of the data. when we see in the later afternoons, 3:00 and on, we have more activities particularly in this instance
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you have mission station and it is not on the board. for instance, if we are seeing an increase of activity at 3 p.m. in the mission district and then obviously the captain is going to in those and the management of that station are going to assign officers to specifically target muni transit lines at those times. on the daily basis they are directed to ride muni but directed and targeted specific. >> do you find that that is happening? >> yes. it is happening. >> part of the analysis is actually doing mapping of our robberies with the particular interest for our officers assigned to muni to identify the locations that are most impacting muni transit lines and so forth.
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>> this is just another example of the engleside district and as you can see there seems to be a clear indicator both in the mission and in the angelside in particularly throughout the city and you will see more increase of the activity from about 2 p.m. on. and so, accordingly, we assign our officers to pay greater attention to muni transit lines and during those times. excuse me. >> yes. >> just going back to officers that are riding on muni. that has been happening for how long now? >> for many years.
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we are looking for it related to the rider ship, it is minimum. for instance, throughout 2012, we had i think, just under 400 cell phones thefts associated with muni rider ship and so by comparison of the number of daily riders, we are looking at 700,000 riders a day who ride muni with some 800 rolling stock that that total aggregate number is relatively low. i mean that although it is something that we continue to pay attention to, relative to the total number of rider ship and the activity throughout the city, it is relatively a low number. so i think that is influenced by the presence of the officers, the various operations that not only the district stations but those officers who are assigned to
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muni and engaged in on a regular basis and other educational efforts campaign efforts to alert our public to the issues that are or that occur in those lines. >> thank you. >> supervisor mar? >> yeah, i just wanted to say that given the time data on the robberies, it seems that it is right after school gets out, and i am just wondering if there is any age data on the victims? are they students that are just getting off of school? or and also the perpetrators any age data? >> i do not have any age data here, our crime analyst unit i suspect will be able to draw that data based upon what is entered into or systems from the incident reports written. the age, the demographics of the victims as well as the suspects but it is not something that i prepared for
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today. >> just to give you aggregate numbers, covering october, november, december. this is just the three-month combined summary. these numbers are what the crime analysts are assigned to the muni detail gather through actually pulling every single report on a daily basis and anything on the line or nearby this is a result of that analysis. and so you can see the aggregate numbers are relatively low, like i said based upon the total ridership, the total number of rolling stock, throughout our city. so, commander, so, i mean, in the last quarter, october to december, of last year
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comparative of the same time period in 2011, there was a 70 percent increase in personal crimes, theft, assaults, robberies on muni? >> are you talking of the aggravated assaults there from 11 to 18? >> yeah. well it looks like these part one crimes, aggravated assault and burglary and larsonny and robbery went from 163 to 276 and so a 70 percent increase? sure, as you look at the property crimes, those are the driving issues there. i mean we look at larsonny and we went from 88 to 181. that is perhaps a passenger on a muni line, seated with some item seated next to them and that item being stolen.
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you have an increase to the pick pocketing and that went from the three incidents to 13. and that is system-wide, and some of the things that we are doing the combat things like the thefts and the pick pocketing in many instances there are professional pick pocketers out there and we have through been able to identify, we share that with the muni drivers and the officers in the field and many instances, the muni drivers are actually playing a huge role in preventing some of those thefts by the identification of the person as they are getting on the vehicle itself. we have had drivers actually making an announcement, notifying the person, because,
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you know, it would be an inappropriate but to remind people to pay attention to the belongings, as those individuals are getting on to those buses. for instance, during the america's cup, we had great emphasis on individuals we had identified as being very repeat offenders. and the area of pick pocketing and other threats and i think that kind of delivery of information, both to the officers in the field and actually the operators of the muni vehicles has or is helping bring those trains down. push >> this is just a technical question, commander, could you explain the difference between robbery and larsenny? >> sure. >> larseny is a theft and you leave your phone and i take it without your knowledge it
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becomes a theft. and if you have your phone in your possession and i person comes to you with some level of force takes that item from you or by means of creating a sense of fear in you come and possession of that item then it becomes a robbery, a robbery is taking of any property by force or a means of fear. moving forward. we have been tracking cell phone crimes particularly on muni. as you pointed out supervisor weiner, the typical scenario is the individual who is in close proximity to the doors is not paying attention. the person grabs the phone, and immediately runs off the vehicle once it has come to a stop. and what we are seeing is that a total number of last year was
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399, and i think that the director will speak to the educational campaigns that we have in place to really keep people aware. and not lend themself to having their phones taken, these are thefts in many instances. director will you take it over from here? >> okay. good morning, i'm lee melotoa with the sfmta. if we could go back to that slide. in partnership with the police department, one of the things that we noticed as an up-tick in cell phone and electronic device theft. and so, what becomes important as all of you have mentioned in your opening remarks, is our
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ability to educate the public in terms of being aware of their surroundings. so a few months ago, the director of transportation, ed and the police chief greg sir held a press conference in our communication team at the sfmta to develop to this campaign which this is one element of it and this would be the other one, basically they put them in all of the kiosks on all of our buses. and our rolling stock and began the process of attempting to educate the public. as you know, these campaigns are only as good if our passengers look at them and are aware. the other thing that we have initiated is as you all know is that i have a number of fare inspectors that enforce fare compliance on our transportation vehicles. and one of the things that i
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required of my fare inspectors is that when they board one of our vehicles, they should you know, take, besides checking for proof of payment, i want them to have more of a customer service role. because they crimes that have occurred on our transit system are really crimes of opportunity. and our public needs to be educated on if you are sitting near a door and you have your ipad and you are holding it out like this, it becomes an even greater opportunity for somebody to take a look at when the doors open it is a snatch and grab and off we go. we found that that has been really successful over the last month or so. just having this one on one contact with our passenger and making them aware of being aware of the surroundings and this campaign was successful, and we are going to be rolling it out again and additionally our communication team at the moment is working very hard to
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develop a more one on one interaction with the passengers because they have to look at these to see the campaign and we want to put it directly into their hands >> i have a question, obviously the goal is to prevent anything from happening by not making these smart phones or ipad vicible. >> what happens if you are the victim on the bus and what are you supposed to do if you are a member of the public if that happens of the >> when you lose the smart phone there goes your ability to call 911 from the bus, right? what we advise the passengers is to notify the operator that this has occurred and it goes into the central control system and the police are dispatched to that location to make a report we clearly want the public to report all incidents
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like this so we are aware of what is happening in the system. >> thank you. >> so when you talking about face-to-face contact and so forth. but have you thought about how the fufrptioning and they make announcements? and so is it possible to add this one liner in there, of beware of your electronic equipment when you are on the bus. >> thank you for that question, supervisor. when we rolled out this campaign, the on-air, and the over-the-air bus announcements included this in that. and we are reinstituting those really kind of as we speak here. one other point that i neglected to mention was our mcap division which was headed by sulu polega who does a lot
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of out reach in the schools has done a similar campaign working with the school district to make kids aware of utilizing the devices and also any individual that may be tempted to see a crime of opportunity to really tell them that it is not a good idea. so, i'm excited about that. and that avenue that we are taking as well. >> i will follow up here. these are the resources that the police department has assigned by way of mlu, with the nta, to have direct responsibilities. you have a team of uni formed officers that we call the response team. the primary responsibility is the muni rail lines and they do
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trespassing and tunnels where we have had tragic incidents of individuals who have been traveling through the tunnels are residing in a form or fashion and so they are tasked with abating that problem along with the other muni personnel. and we have teams of officers, with canines, their primary responsibility is the inspection of the muni lines relative to the suspicious devices and packages, secondarily they assist the officers as well as the fare inspection personnel for mta. >> lastly we have a team of plain cloths officers. we try to use them in the most clandestined effort to deal with the individuals engaged in the crimes. they have been an incredible
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resource, not only for addressing issues of crime upon muni, but the crime throughout the city, and that they have such a level of engagement with the repeat offenders. they are often able times to identify a suspect based upon a video footage and otherwise very quickly. and that is also a team that is funded by fema and a tsa grant and going back, the dog units are also funded through tsa as well. >> specifically, some of the target enforcement operations that we do, obviously with the issue of robberies, and the team of officers assigned to muni. regularly, interact with the diblgt station personnel. and in response to either areas that have had historically plagued by robberies or that we see changes or in creases in
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the robberies indicating that you may have a series or anything of that nature. and those officers are engaged in that. one of the things that we really want to do is in order to abait the crimes in and around muni is actually effect the environment and if we can effect the environment by making certain that it is clean and that it is not, it does not become a haven for the criminal activity and i think that we will significant have changes in that accordingly. some of the new operations and efforts that we put in place in the last number of months. we are hoping to see some returns on that investment. one of the operations is sober muni shelter, that operation is conducted with officers who are experts in the field of drug recognition. we also run that operation with the support of sf hot teams and essentially individuals who are
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under the influence or inebriated on the lines or the buses and those individuals are looked at by way of means to getting them into intervention programs and or in many instances there is a need to deal with the criminal aspect in order to get them into those intervention programs. operation safe lines is an effort to identify muni lines where we see hot spots, if you will, of individuals who are fugitives from justice whether they be minor violations or more serious ones. we basically believe that if we identify those persons and get them off the streets, and perhaps, get them into some level of rehabilitation that they will be less problematic to muni and to the city over all. that is done on the bi weekly basis as well as done through a muud